You can't turn on a TV, scroll a social media site, or walk into a grocery store without some talk of the Corona Virus.
A National Emergency has just been declared, schools and all activities are being cancelled. Events across the country are being cancelled or postponed, even all sporting events at every level are being shut down.
We are seeing things happen in our society that no one, NOT ONE SINGLE PERSON has ever experienced before in their lifetime.
These are uncharted waters and I happen to believe, everyone in authority is doing their best to make very difficult decisions that effect each and every person, and for the protection of each and every person, whether they believe it or not, and whether they like it or not.
We are being asked to stay at home as much as possible, to keep distance between ourselves and others, to washing our hands frequently, to refrain from visiting the sick or elderly because we may unknowingly be a carrier of the virus.
So why are the elderly so susceptible? Because as we age, our immune systems weaken.
So why is everyone talking about washing your hands and no one is talking about ways to strengthen your immune system?
I think it is also important to note that just because you are healthy now doesn't mean you aren't at risk.
The sick and elderly and those with compromised immune systems are the highest risk, but they are not the only ones contracting the virus and they certainly aren't the only one's dying from it.
With each year added to the calendar, our immune system can begin to weaken. Our cells take longer to react to harmful germs which means we are more likely to get sick and it takes our bodies a lot longer to fight off infections, bacteria and viruses.
Scientists are still trying to find out why, but until they do, there are things all of us can do to build our body's immune system.
So what can you do in addition to washing your hands frequently to build up your immune system?
Here are some tips from WebMD that can be quite helpful:
1.Continue to treat and monitor any underlying conditions or diseases like diabetes, heart disease, etc. Not doing so, takes a greater toll on your body.
2. Get plenty of sleep. Not getting enough sleep puts a lot of strain on your immune system even if you are young and healthy. Aim for at least 7 hours of sleep a night to help boost your immune system.
3. Work to find ways to reduce stress. When you are worried about something it takes a toll on your body and it lessens your immune response.
4. Move your body through exercise. Exercise helps keep you fit. Fit bodies have stronger immune systems.
5. Commit to a healthy diet. Eat lots of Fruits and Vegetables which are full of vitamins and minerals your body needs to boost those immune cells.
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